5 Fall Hiking Tips
Fall is officially upon us and with the crisp air and changing leaves, this is a great time to go for a hike! That being said, fall comes with its own set of factors of which hiking enthusiasts need to be aware. Check out our tips below to ensure your fall hikes stay fun!
Check trail conditions. Before you go out, be sure to check weather conditions and your local forest service website for any imminent inclement weather or trail closures.
Pack with every option in mind. The Washington Trail Association recommends hikers pack several essential items when they hit the trails, including “a topographic map and a compass (and the knowledge of how to use them), extra food, extra clothing, a fire-starter, matches, sun protection, a pocket knife, first-aid kit, and flashlight. In unpredictable weather, it’s also a good idea to bring some sort of emergency shelter, even on a day hike. Hiking poles or ice axes can be helpful on stretches of unexpected icy or snow-covered patches. Remember, cell phones don't always get reception and batteries can fade quickly in cold weather. They are not a substitute for carrying the back-country essentials that could save your life.”
Bring water. This might seem like a no-brainer, but the cooler weather can deceive some people into thinking they don’t need as much (or any) water during a fall hike. Hydration is always important, regardless of the season!
Be conscious of hunters. Fall is prime hunting season, so it’s important to be aware of your surroundings.
Pay attention to all trail signs in the area.
Wear bright colors.
Avoid hiking in the early morning or at dusk when hunters are most active.
Bring your camera! The fall colors are beautiful and you might regret not documenting your hikes. Remember the old adage about venturing into nature: “Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints.”
Are there any fall hiking tips you have that we didn’t include? Let us know in the comments!
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 “Five Tips for Fall Hiking.” Washington Trails Associations, www.wta.org/go-outside/seasonal-hikes/fall-destinations/pack-safety-for-fall-hiking.
 “6 Fall Hiking Tips.” Northcountrytrail.org, 23 Sept. 2015, northcountrytrail.org/6-fall-hiking-tips/.